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Just a sweet little critter.

Woodie, when examining an unripe Saladmander.

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I think it's ripe now.

Wilson, when examining a ripe Saladmander.

The Saladmander is a neutral Mob exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in Return of Them. It is found on the Lunar Island, specifically the Lunar Baths Biome.

Brain.png Behavior

Saladmanders will claim a Hot Spring as their own, and will occasionally fall asleep near it. It will regenerate 5 Health per second while sleeping. If another Saladmander tries to approach a claimed Hot Spring, its owner will run towards them and the two will attempt to intimidate the other into submission by hissing at each other for some time. Shortly after, the "loser" will run away while the "winner" claims the spring. If a Hot Spring has had a Bath Bomb thrown into it, a Saladmander near it will become hot enough to turn ripe shortly.

The player can speed up the ripening process by setting any heat source near the Salamander, for example, a Campfire.

If the player has a Thermal Stone that is at least somewhat hot within their inventory, Saladmanders will hiss at each other until one leaves, and from then they will begin to follow the player until they fall asleep or the thermal stone loses its heat.

Spear.png Fighting

Saladmanders both Ripe and Unripe have both high health and high damage. However they are slow and have a short range. They can not be stunlocked, but can be kited with 2-3 strikes. Their propensity for sleep can be used to land a few hits. They don't assist each other, so one can attack a Saladmander even if there are other Saladmanders around without having to fear a group attack. Upon death it drops one Leafy Meat in normal form and one Dragon Fruit in Ripe form. Ripe Saladmanders have a flame attack that can set things within 3.5 range around them on fire, and dealing 25 fire damage to them which can't be mitigated by Armor. This flame attack has cooldown of 6 seconds.

Lunar Cultivator III.png Wormwood's Saladmander

Wormwood with the Lunar Cultivator III Skill can summon a Saladmander follower at the cost of a Dragon Fruit and 25 HP. Wormwood can have a maximum of 2 Saladmander followers at a time.

Unlike regular Saladmanders:

  • They are slightly smaller.
  • They have 600 Health, and regenerate 5 Health every 2.5 seconds.
  • They deal 40 damage.
  • They don't sleep.
  • They cannot drop Souls.

Wormwood's Saladmanders will engage in combat if their summoner targets an enemy, if an enemy damages their summoner or if they themselves are attacked. After 16 minutes (2 in-game days), or if killed or unsummoned by being attacked, they turn back into a Dragon Fruit. These creatures cannot drop souls.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Saladmanders were introduced in the Turn of Tides update.
  • As of the Turn of Tides update, they use Merm attack sounds and Grass Gekko hurt and death sounds.
  • Saladmanders can be created again via Steeped Lunar Essence from the Mad Scientist Lab. Making them renewable even if all of them were killed in the lunar island. They can be relocated and fenced in base. Putting a Scaled furnace will caused them to ripen.

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